Canoeing South Africa Media Release

 No: CSA1826 20 July 2018

 Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham

SA Women's surfski team in line for G Sports Award

Durban - The South African women's surfski team that performed so well at the 2017 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Hong Kong has been shortlisted for the G Sport Team of The Year Award.

The team consisted of Hayley Nixon, Michelle Burn, Bridgitte Hartley, Nikki Birkett, Kyeta Purchase, Jenna Ward, Zara Wood and Sabina Lawrie, and produced two world champions, Nixon and Lawrie, and three other podium finishes.

It was an exciting race in the senior ladies race with Nixon and Burn going head-to-head and finishing the world championships in first and second while Lawrie beat Georgie Sinclair from Australia and fellow South African Wood - who finished third.

The other podium spot went to Kyeta Purchase who finished second in the Under 23 race.

The competition for the Team of the Year Award is going to be stiff with the Momentum Proteas women’s cricket team and the USSA Women's football team taking up the other two spots.

"It's fantastic news that the women in our sport are being recognised for their fantastic achievements," CSA President Kim Pople mentioned. "As a federation we are incredibly proud of their achievements with two gold medals, two silvers at a bronze against the best in the world.

"To also be ranked number one in the worlds is an incredible achievement."

With the awards set for 31 August, at the end of Women's Month in South Africa, Pople has urged paddlers and non-paddlers to get behind the ladies and vote.

"Go and give them your vote and lets support the women in our sport!" she added.

To cast your vote go to

More information can be found at


Photo Caption Photographer Click to download the hi-res pic
Canoeing South Africa Logo (GIF).  

The South African women's surfski team from the 2017 ICF Ocean Racing Championships are in line for the G Sports Team of the Year Award. The team from left: Bridgitte Hartley, Zara Wood, Kyeta Purchase, Sabina Lawrie, Jenna Ward, Michelle Burn, Hayley Nixon, Nikki Birkett. Supplied/
Gameplan Media

Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017